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Vision Helmet

The Vision Helmet is Black Diamond's most durable foam helmet for climbing. It has an updated design to the innovative hybrid construction that climbers have been enjoying for seasons. The polycarbonate shell covers a larger portion of the crown, and there's a layer of EPS foam underneath for added crown protection. EPP foam covers the rest of the helmet for multi-impact protection. The suspensions system adjusts for a secure fit, and removable padding customizes the helmet's fit for even greater comfort.
  • Black Diamond's most durable foam helmet for climbing
  • Large outer shell with EPS foam for added crown protection
  • EPP body resists breaking over multiple impacts
  • Low-profile headlamp clips
  • Adjustable suspension system and removable padding provide a secure fit
  • Item #BLDZ97J

Shell Material
polycarbonate, ABS
Impact Foam
Multiple Impact
15 holes
Fit Adjustment
adjustable suspension system, removable padding
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 2

why Helmet makers...why

I returned this product before using it
Runs large
Size Bought

I get the idea why helmets are important. That's obvious. But I'm pretty sure every helmet company thinks everyone who climbs is 6'4" where these helmets will match the ratio of the climber from the neck up. If you're short like I am, this is like wearing another entire head on top of your own head. It adds like 6 inches straight up and makes you feel top heavy, even with it being light. These helmet designs just feel and look strange. My 4 year old Half Dome from BD is the only helmet I've ever tried out that feels like it's a normal size.

>Rating: 5


I've used it several times
True to size

Black Diamond introduced this new climbing helmets this year.The Vision helmets use a flexible EPP foam throughout most of the helmet while featuring stiffer EPS in a few areas for added durability.In the light of this statement, that puts the Vision in the same class as the Petzl Sirocco and Mammut Wall Rider — two very light helmets. With a stated weight of 210 grams, the Vision isn’t quite as light as those helmets but it’s still on the lighter end of the spectrum, and looks like a cool, potentially more durable addition to Black Diamond’s helmet lineup. What l like: Lightweight and durable at a reasonable price point. What l don’t: Not the lightest option in its class. l wondered how and when climbing gear giant Black Diamond would join the expanded polypropylene (EPP) movement, and here’s the answer: for spring 2020, the new Vision features an EPP body and a “puck” of EPS along the crown of the head. Because EPP foam absorbs impacts rather than shattering, it’s a more durable and protective choice for helmets, and we’re happy to see it becoming more commonplace (for more on EPP and EPS foams. And the foam is shrouded in a polycarbonate shell, which fends off dents and adds a boost in durability. At $99 and clocking in at 7.5 ounces, you simply won’t find an EPP helmet that better balances weight and price. The Vision joins a growing and competitive field of premium EPP helmets, competing with the likes of the Petzl Sirocco and Mammut Wall Rider. The Vision is similar with Mammut Wall Rider and offers similar protection (I love its generous coverage) and ventilation, as well as a slightly more robust and easy-to-adjust suspension system. It’s the heaviest of the bunch, but 7.5 ounces is still ridiculously light (perfect for multi-pitch climbing and redpointing), and all but the most weight-conscious of climbers will find this a fair tradeoff for the $20 savings.